Nothing says autumn in Alberta like spending the afternoon lost in a corn maze or wandering through a pumpkin patch. Luckily for Calgarians, there are six locations in and around the city with pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and tons of fun fall activities just waiting for your family to explore. Our family is on a mission to visit each of these locations before the snow gets here – which one’s at the top of your list?
Calgary Corn Maze
284022 Township Rd 224, Rocky View No. 44
The Calgary Corn Maze has the biggest corn maze in Southern Alberta, which is almost the size of 10 football fields! The maze consists of 2 phases, each of which takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. The maze is open for exploration during the day and also at night during Flashlight Nights, every Friday and Saturday starting on September 20! There’s even a mini-maze that takes about 15 minutes for little adventurers to complete. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin for baking, carving, or putting on display, the Calgary Corn Maze has a huge selection of perfect pumpkins for purchase. The Calgary Corn Maze Pumpkin Festival takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October and has tons of fun things to do including pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, magic shows, a candy pumpkin explosion, pig races, and over 35 more attractions!
254077 Rocky Ridge Rd NW, Calgary, AB
Gather the kiddos, hop on a tractor-pulled hay wagon and get ready for a mini pumpkin hunt every weekend in October at Butterfield Acres! Once everyone on the hunt has gathered their pumpkins, they’ll get a chance to decorate them and can visit the farm animals while they wait for their pumpkins to dry. Pigs, donkeys, mules, chicks, bunnies, turkeys, goats and emus are some of the cute little creatures you can expect to meet at Butterfield Acres. There will even be an hourly opportunity to go for pony rides. Tickets are sold in time slots, with between 4 and 6 slots offered per day. Make sure to show up at least 15 minutes prior to your pumpkin hunt to secure your spot!
316034 32 St E, Okotoks, AB
Kayben Farms is a place where the whole family can easily spend an entire day. In addition to their regular attractions at the Sunshine Adventure Park such as farm animals, a gigantic slide, a climbing wall, a pedal kart track, swings, “Berry Bounces”, a bouncy castle, and more, Kayben Farms has something special happening most weekends this fall. On September 29 & 30, there will be face painting, family mini photoshoots (September 30), horse-drawn wagon rides and more as part of their “Kids and Critters” event. On October 6 & 7, fire departments will be on-site displaying their fire trucks, and there will be a pumpkin cannon, family mini photoshoots, and 50% off admission for First Responders and Veterans. As part of their Fall Fest event running on all weekends in October, there will be pumpkins, wagon rides, face painting, s’mores, crafts, pumpkin cannons and more!
Cobb’s Adventure Park
1500 84 St NE, Calgary, AB
Pumpkin Palooza begins on October 5 and takes place every Saturday and Sunday (and Thanksgiving Monday) in October at Cobb’s Adventure Park. Wander through the patch to find the perfect pumpkin to take home for Halloween carving, and get a few fall photos while you’re at it! For the perfect photo-op, why not get one of the princesses visiting the Adventure Park to join in? Cobb’s Adventure Park has tons of fun attractions to keep your family busy outside of pumpkin collecting – try out the giant hill slides, pedal carts, blacklight mini-golf, a climbing wall, the ropes course and the bouncy world, among other fun activities. Best of all, Cobb’s has a kangaroo petting zoo with 26 wallabies and kangaroos, including two babies! There are also pigs, a tortoise, snakes, chickens, bunnies, sugar gliders, an iguana and a bearded dragon. What could be more fun?!
226066 112 Street West, Foothills No. 31
On October 19th and 20th, Granary Road will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Fest, where visitors are invited to join in on a pumpkin hunt as well as pumpkin carving. Many of the offerings at the market will be pumpkin-themed, and the smell of fall is sure to be in the air outside at the Active Learning Park, which you and your kids definitely won’t want to miss. Kids will love the exhibits with a variety of themes including the ant farm adventure, arachnid web, beehive honeycomb, orchard treehouse, and more. There are also lots of cute and cuddly animals to visit and pet, including pigs, peacocks, ducks, ponies, alpacas, bunnies, kittens, goats, just to name a few!
Range Rd 14, Bowden, AB
Bowden Sunmaze has three different mazes for visitors to explore, one of which is made up of over 100,000 organically grown sunflowers! Sadly, the sunflowers will only be around until the end of September at the latest, so if you’re looking for an incredible photo op, you’ll want to get there soon (call ahead to ensure that the flowers are still in bloom). There is also an 8-acre corn maze made up of stalks that are 5-6 feet tall, as well as a brand new willow tree maze. When you’re finished visiting the different mazes, why not stop to pick some of your own produce in the U-Pick field? In season currently are beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, beets, and a small selection of flowers.
Does your family have a favourite pumpkin patch or corn maze to visit? Do you plan on checking out one of the six on our list? Fill us in in the comments!